National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, has said it is ready to host the 28th edition of the Annual International Conference of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists, SONTA 2015.
The conference has over time been a platform for exchange of ideas among stakeholders in the culture and arts sector.
Consequently, the 2015 edition is expected to provide a veritable platform for the exchange of ideas among theatre arts lecturers from tertiary institutions of learning within and outside Nigeria on how to reposition Nollywood, the 2nd largest film industry in the world, in order for it to contribute significantly to the nation’s development in the quest to diversify the economy.
According to a press release signed by Mr. Caleb Nor, on behalf of the Conference Convener and Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Ayakoroma, the conference with the theme, “Repositioning Nollywood for the Promotion of Nigeria’s Cultural Diplomacy and National Security,” is expected to have President Muhammadu Buhari, as Special Guest of Honour.
The statement further states that former President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), will chair the occasion, while Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi of the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, will be the Keynote Speaker.
Also expected in attendance are stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), especially those who have the craving for knowledge as their participation will sharpen their skills and further enable them match theory with practice.
The statement went further to say that the conference is designed to explore the linkages between Nollywood, Cultural Diplomacy and the current peace and security challenges militating against the country.

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